2022 Season Challenges

December 2022 | 29 min., 58 sec.
by Murilo Maeda, Peter Dotray, Wayne Keeling, and Kerry Siders
Texas Tech University, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and Texas A&M AgriLife Research

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​In this panel discussion, led by Murilo Maeda, Peter Dotray, Wayne Keeling, and Kerry Siders review the challenges of the 2022 season. The initial challenges were anticipated to be product supply and herbicide label changes, but neither turned into a reality. Instead, the main issues growers faced were high temperatures and record drought leading up to planting in the Texas High Plains. According to official numbers, approximately 55% (or 2.5 million acres) of crops failed or were abandoned this season. High input costs and volatile markets further added to challenges at the farm. These concerns remained predominant at the close of 2022 and in preparation for 2023.

About the Presenter

Murilo Maeda​Murilo Maeda is an assistant professor and Extension cotton specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. In this capacity, he provides leadership in cotton production for the Texas High Plains and in developing educational programs and materials related to the profitable and sustainable production of cotton in a challenging, semi-arid environment. His program involves interactions with farmers, county and IPM agents, Extension specialists, research faculty, and allied industry to develop and deliver new technologies and educational programs designed to help cotton producers make timely and informed crop management decisions.

Peter DotrayPeter Dotray is a weed scientist with a joint appointment at Texas Tech University, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Lubbock. Dr. Dotray teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in weed science at Texas Tech University, serves as an Extension weed specialist in the Texas Southern High Plains (where over 3 million acres of cotton is grown), and conducts research to help develop effective and sustainable weed management systems in crops grown in the region.

Wayne KeelingWayne Keeling is the project leader for Systems, Agronomy, and Weed Science with Texas A&M AgriLife Research at Lubbock. Along with cropping system and weed research trials, Dr. Keeling has conducted a wide range of cotton harvest and trials for almost 30 years. He obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees from Texas Tech University and served on the Beltwide Cotton Harvest Aid Working Group.

Kerry SidersKerry Siders is a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent (IPM) for Hockley, Cochran, and Lamb Counties. A Texas Tech graduate, he has been with Texas AgriLife Extension since 1990. Siders provides education and applied research pertaining to weeds, insects, diseases, nematodes, growth regulators, and harvest aides in cotton. He is a member of the High Plains Association of Crop Consultants.


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